Kanye West Wins Best Melodic Rap Performance at 2022 Grammys
Kanye West is the big winner for Best Melodic Rap Performance at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
West received the honor for his song “Hurricane” featuring The Weeknd and Lil Baby at the 64th Annual Awards Sunday night (April 3) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ye and company beat songs by Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow (“Industry Baby”), J. Cole and Lil Baby (“Pride Is the Devil”), Tyler, the Creator, YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Ty Dolla $ign (“Wusyaname”), Kanye West, The Weeknd and Lil Baby (“Hurricane”) and Doja Cat (“Need to Know”).
Although the award was announced before the start of the televised ceremony, it was Ye’s second win of the day. The famed producer-rapper also won the Grammy for Best Rap Song with “Jail,” which features Jay-Z, marking the first time the longtime collaborators have worked together since their 2016 split. As “Hurricane “, “Jail” also appeared on Ye’s album, dondawhich is named after Kanye’s late mother, Dr. Donda West.
The win marks Kanye’s 24th Grammy win among an impressive 75 nominations. Past wins include Best Rap Album for university dropout, Late check-inGraduation, and My beautiful dark and twisted fantasy, as well as Best Rap Song for “Jesus Walks”, “Diamonds From Sierra Leone”, “Good Life”, “Run This Town”, “All of the Lights” and “Ni**as in Paris”.
Last year, Anderson .Paak won the Melodic Rap Performance award for his 2020 track on anti-police brutality “Lockdown.” The Oxnard, Calif. rhymer beat out DaBaby and Roddy Ricch (“Rockstar”), Drake and Lil Durk (“Laugh Now Cry Later”), Roddy Ricch (“The Box”) and Travis Scott (“Highest in the Room”) .
Anderson dropped the song in response to global protests and social unrest following the death of George Floyd by a former Minneapolis police officer. The drummer, who is also one half of soul duo Silk Sonic, released a remix of “Lockdown” featuring Top Dawg Entertainment’s Jay Rock, Dreamville rapper JID and lyricist Noname.
The song was also nominated in the Best Music Video category but lost out to Beyoncé and her daughter, Blue Ivy, who won for “Brown Skin Girl”.
The 2022 Grammy Awards were originally scheduled for Jan. 31 at Crypto.com Arena (formerly Staples Center) in Los Angeles, but were postponed and moved to Las Vegas after Omicron’s COVID-19 rules were implemented in California. Comedian Trevor Noah returned to host the awards show for the second year in a row.
Congratulations to Kanye, The Weeknd and Lil Baby for winning Best Melodic Rap Performance.